April 21, 2005
PHOENIX (AP) _ The Arizona Diamondbacks are losing hope of signing their first-round pick of last year, Hahira native Stephen Drew. They believe the shortstop probably will re-enter the draft in June.
Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said today that the team has put up its best offer. Kendrick said Arizona would not be able to meet Drew's counter offer.
Drew's brother J.D., now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, sat out an entire season rather than sign with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997. He re-entered the draft the following year and was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals. Another brother, Tim, was a first-round pick of Cleveland and now pitches for the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A club in Colorado Springs.
Stephen Drew signed this week with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. But Kendrick said that has no bearing on Arizona's attempts to reach a deal with him.
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